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From: Infrastructure Canada
Town of Ituna, Saskatchewan, October 7, 2022—Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, announced more than $68 million in federal funding for ten projects to support retrofits to existing community buildings as well as the construction of new community buildings in Saskatchewan.
“Community buildings are where Canadians gather. From weddings to hockey practices, a wide range of events take place there – especially in rural and remote communities. Our government is investing to ensure that across Saskatchewan, community infrastructure keeps up with the evolving needs of the communities that make use of it everyday,” said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.
Among these projects, the Ituna Community Arena Cooperative will receive more than $2.3 million to retrofit the Ituna Community Arena. The arena’s aging roof structure will be replaced, energy saving systems will be installed, and facility accessibility will be improved. The arena is a very important and well-used recreational and community facility. These modifications will reduce the building’s energy consumption by over 43%.
“The Ituna Community Arena is the heartbeat of our rural community and in dire need of a retrofit,” said Jack Shymko, Chairperson of the Ituna Community Arena Building Committee. “Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, people from Ituna and surrounding communities will have a modern, eco-efficient and safe recreational facility for many years.”
In addition, the City of Saskatoon will receive more than $16.5 million to help renovate and upgrade two of its community buildings. Retrofits to the Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre will help improve accessibility, energy and water efficiency, as well as safety through upgrades to the building’s envelope, pool basin, insulation as well as water treatment and mechanical systems. The Albert Community Centre, a century-old heritage building, will also see upgrades to its safety and accessibility, as well as its energy and water efficiency, through renovations to the washrooms, entrance ramps, doors, windows, heating and cooling system, and roof.
By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Press Secretary and Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
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